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Category: Christmas

Christmas Baskets

christmas basketsI love making personalized baskets. They present so nicely, especially when they are wrapped in shrink wrap cellophane. It is a little bit of a hassle to get everything balanced while you position the wrap, but once it is secured it keeps everything in place just the way you want it.  In face it is so professional looking that you have to put something personal inside just to prove you didn’t buy it!

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christmas baskets


chrisrmas baskets

Christmas Wrapping

I love wrapping presents.  I love color coordinating with my tree, finding fancy ways to wrap but especially cute little embellishments to make them extra special.

In the past I have looked high and low for color coordinating wrap.  Then I am stuck with tons of leftover paper that I will never want again because the next year I am doing a different color. I really don’t want to see the same decorations year after year.  Last year I promised myself I would do all brown paper packaging.  And after doing just a few this year, it is definitely one of my fa-vor-ite things!

So I Pinterested “brown paper packages tied up with string” and I got tons of inspiring results.  So here is a few of the results!

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Covered Pretzels

Almond bark and sprinkles!  This is a favorite at our house.  I am wondering why we would ever bake anything without stopping to immortalize it in pictures.  All that hard work down the gullet and no one ever knows how pretty it was.  I am taking pictures of all my baking (that looks good ha ha) this year!  Maybe that would make awesome Christmas cards.  What a concept.  Art from your own kitchen!  Plus I can put it in my recipe book!

covered pretzels!

Tree Branch Ornaments

I first of all have to brag that we did not buy our branch slices from a craft store (you can tell) and that we actually went out and hunted down branches and cut them ourselves over Thanksgiving, so take that Hobby Lobby!  These are pretty simple to make.  Cut a branch, stamp with an initial, paint with modge podge and glitter mix, screw in an eyelet hook, and tie a ribbon.  Voila! Rustic ornaments.  Later I will use them to hang on banners, so my efforts are not wasted on a limited time use.  We also cut some branches in half the long way and I stamped them with the same stamps I used on my ribbon so they match!

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Home Made Stamped Ribbon

I got this canvas material on sale.  I think that it resembles burlap.  It is almost a cross between the burlap look and the muslin look.  So I made some large script stamps to stamp it with!  I cut it into strips with rotary cutters and frayed the edges.  After I stamped using a fabric stamp pad, I spritzed it with glimmer spray.  Hello $22 a roll ribbon for under a dollar!home made ribbon home made ribbon

Lifesaver Men Ornaments

When I was little, a friend of the family made me a Lifesaver man.  I never got to eat it.  My mother saved it and year after year we put him up on the tree.  I had that Lifesaver man until I went to college.  Since then I have made them from time to time.  The one I was given had a little felt hat and collar.  The collar made it look kind of clownish which I didn’t like, but without it it just looks like a Lifesaver roll with yarn.  So I was looking over my sad little collarless men and thought, well a little scarf would be cute.  So I cut the band from an old sweater saved for stockings.  Super cute.  Then I decided I should try a little hat.  I was always making fleece hats for the babies so I just went with the little square.  Modern Lifesaver men are born.  Check it out!

Lifesaver Man Ornament Lifesaver Men OrnamentsYou run the yarn all the way through the hat, head, and Lifesaver middles.  Nothing is glued together.  It can all be easily disassembled to eat.  My original man had a Styrofoam head.  Fortunately I forgot to by Styrofoam balls at the store and I found some dollar tree plastic ornaments that were about the right size that I had on hand.  Way cuter and more festive.  They are pretty easy to figure out.  The hat is just a square of sweater material hot glued on three sides and turned inside out with the edges folded up.  The scarf is just strips of sweater.  I like to use the band.  If you fish the hanging yarn through the front middle your hat will sit correctly on his head off his face.  Hand the ornament upside down so the top of the bauble will serve as a neck.  You will have to poke a little hole in the top of his head if you use plastic ornaments.  It is also helpful to pre “drill” the lifesaver package so you don’t pull up the foil when you string the middle.  The legs and arms are one piece and go between the two strings that thread through everything.

Tinted Pinecones

I wanted my pinecones white, but painting them was tedious.  I finally thinned my paint down and dipped them.  They were all open.  I am a little disappointed because when I put them in the oven to dry they all closed up of course, but I was expecting them to pop back out when I put them outside to cool off (it is below freezing today).  Maybe I painted them shut.  Next time no oven! But I do like the tint effect!

tinted pinecones

Burlap Wreath

One thing I don’t really like about the burlap wreaths that are so popular right now is their messiness.    I don’t like how they look wadded up.  So I thought I would try a ruffled look which I liked much better.  It probably takes longer, but I think it was worth it.

Burlap Wreath how-toBurlap WreathOk, I officially love burlap now!  Not as much as muslin, but it’s pretty fun.